Planned activities wrap up early in the afternoon, leaving you the rest of the day to find your classrooms, pick up your ID card and U-Pass, buy your books, ask questions about financial aid and do a bit more exploring.
At this half-day orientation, you will be treated to a festival of activities: a welcome address, rally events, workshops, tours, a Snapchat contest and prize draws. You’ll meet your peers and shorten your to-do list.
Some programs host separate orientations geared specifically toward their students. These take place in the afternoon following the campus-wide orientation. If you are required to attend a program-specific orientation you will receive an email invitation.
New Student Orientation, City Centre Campus
September 6, 2018
9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Gymnasium, Building 8, City Centre Campus
8 – 9 a.m.
Update your internal GPS, meet a MacEwan Ambassador, get to know your campus. Look for the tour stop sign.
8:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Welcome to MacEwan University
Pick up your faculty wristband, look for someone with a matching wristband and find your seat. Listen to the music, meet our mascot, and check out MacEwan resources on the big screen. At 9:15, the emcee will kick off the gathering, which includes welcome messages from the university president, the student association president and an inspiring keynote speaker. Get energized for the year ahead!
10:30 – 11 a.m.
Let's capture the beginning of your university experience with a group photo of you and your fellow first-year students.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Morning breakout sessions * and display tables
You have time to attend three out of six small group sessions. Choose the ones that interest you most. Each session is about 25 minutes long and will be repeated three times. Come for the information; stay for the prizes and snacks.
Visit the display tables that are set up around campus. Meet staff and learn about the many services and programs available at MacEwan, including the Office of Sustainability, Sport and Wellness, Office of Research Services, ETS and more. Visit kihew waciston, the Indigenous Students Centre to learn about the services they provide.
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Tours of Sport and Wellness
Learn about the aquatic and fitness opportunities on campus. Meet the friendly Sport and Wellness staff, tour the fitness centre, studios, pool and gymnasium. Here you'll be able to balance your academic studies with physical and social activities.
Program orientations and afternoon breakout sessions**
Some programs have their own orientations in the afternoon. Log in to myPortal.MacEwan.ca and check your myMacEwan.ca Gmail to confirm if you are required to attend one. If you do not have to attend a program orientation, we have organized more small group sessions to get you started on the right path.
*Morning breakout sessions
11 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and noon
Find out how to access resources, information, and support for all sorts of assignments. Featuring Student Success Services, the Academic Integrity Office and the university library.
If you have been out of school for a while, this session is for you. Explore the strategies, resources and services available to help make your time at MacEwan a success!
Make your first week, term, and year an awesome one! Topics include: paying for a class, changing a course, meeting important deadlines, booking a locker, requesting transcripts and much more.
Make a point of finding out about student loans, scholarships, awards, and bursaries. Come learn about different pieces of the funding puzzle.
Staff from Wellness and Psychological Services and Sport and Wellness will provide information on how to maintain your well-being as a post-secondary student.
Drop by and find out about the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU)—an organization by students for students.
**Afternoon breakout sessions
(for students not attending program-specific orientations)
1 p.m. (50 minute session)
Listen to one of our engaging professors lecture on a topic of great interest plus share how to be successful in your academic studies.
Confused about what inclusion and consent mean? Do you want to know where to go to learn more about being a good ally on campus? This session will provide insight on what you can do to help build a culture of inclusion and consent at MacEwan.
2 p.m. (50 minute session)
Unsure how to plan for expected and unexpected expenses while being a student? While making and sticking to a budget may seem overwhelming, our Financial Aid Advisors will share tips to keep you on track financially.
Our Student Wellness Coach and students from the Peer Health Education program will guide you through strategies to manage your stress effectively.
If you require disability-related accommodations or supports, please contact Services to Students with Disabilities.
At this half-day event, you will be treated to a marketplace of activities: musicians, speakers, door prizes and information tables. Visit with your peers and enjoy this unique heritage building that overlooks Edmonton’s river valley.
Use your New Student Orientation passport to explore the services available to you
Learn about clubs and interest groups
Meet student association representatives
Explore the campus
Enjoy live music
Buy your books
Get your student card
New Student Orientation, Alberta College Campus
September 14, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In the lobby of Alberta College campus